Andy Ferris, @AndyFerris FF
Welcome to the 2018 version of Ferris Wheelin’ & Dealin’. I’m going to give you the lowdown on who to target via trade and who to pick up in the future. I’ll cover redraft, dynasty, devy, and sometimes college football fantasy. This is going to be some next level shit to help you crush the competition.
Pick-up: Raheem Mostert | RB | San Fran 49ers Last week, Mostert accrued 11 touches for 78 yards. That makes two straight weeks that Mostert has been the best back in San Francisco. At this point in the year, pint-sized Matt Breida has shown himself to be incapable of staying off the injury list. With what Kyle Shanahan wanted to do with Jerick McKinnon, maybe he has found himself a diamond in the rough in Raheem “Must Start” Mostert.
Trade for: Taylor Gabriel | WR | Chicago Bears After last week’s stinker, players may be willing to unload Gabriel for peanuts. Take advantage of that and acquire Gabriel. Prior the playing the Patriots, Gabriel had put together games of 16.9 PPR and 30.4 PPR. His targets have gone down slightly since Anthony Miller returned but he is still averaging 6.33 targets/game and even received a RZ rush last week. On Tarik Cohen’s TD reception, Gabriel was on the opposite side of the field running a similar route. I believe that Trubisky’s decision to throw to Cohen was dictated by the defensive alignment and a change in defensive call could have us talking about Gabriel positively again this week.
Stash: Chris Warren | RB | Raiders With the injury to Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin’s impending ineptitude; now is the time to stash Chris Warren, especially if you have room on your IR. Warren was a bit of a JAG in college but at 6’2 247, there is no questioning that he’s an imposing figure. He’s got a SPARQ-X score of 123.9 which is very good. Warren also looked very good in the preseason. It is within the range of possibilities that Warren finishes the season as the RB1 for John Gruden.
Stash: Trenton Cannon | RB | NY Jets A lot of people will be out telling you to pick up Elijah McGuire this week with Bilal Powell being sent to the IR. That’s not a bad pick up but expecting an RB to come off the IR from a broken foot… A bit risky. I say pick up Trenton Cannon who has a week’s head start on McGuire to grab hold of 46-percent snap share. In limited work, Cannon has earned .37 PPR/Snap and last week, Cannon had 4 catches for a very nice 69 yards. If he can take hold of Powell’s spot in the rotation, his playoff schedule is Buffalo, Houston (great against the run, bad against receiving RBs), and Green Bay. That’s 3 positive playoff matchups for Cannon.
Believe it or not there are still devy people out there that have Jake Fromm as a top-5 devy QB. This is mind-blowing as he isn’t even the most talented QB on the Georgia roster. I think there is a real chance that Fromm loses his job next spring.
Of the draft-eligible RBs this year, one guy that I spoke of flying up rankings was Darrell Henderson. Well, last week he was injured in the Missouri game and didn’t return. Turns out, he will be back for the ECU game in two weeks. This is good news for a guy who may turn out to be a top-3 devy pick since he is likely not on many squads.
There are real people out there claiming that the Cowboys didn’t like any of the 2019 WRs and thus their trade for Amari Cooper is justified. Now, I’m not one to crush them for trading a first for a guy they think can help them win this year but the 2019 WR class is one of the deepest in memory. Maybe they don’t have a first round grade on AJ Brown, N’Keal Harry, Kelvin Harmon, Bryan Edwards, or DK Metcalf but there is a good chance several of these guys will be around in Round 2. All that said, I’m not trusting the Cowboys WR scouting department that missed on hometown guy, Courtland Sutton.